The mission of Delaware Valley Friends School is to prepare students with learning differences for future work and study.
The school develops those personal strengths which enable students to succeed in its college preparatory curriculum. The school also recognizes that it has a responsibility to share its expertise with teachers and students beyond the school community.
Delaware Valley Friends School carries forward the Quaker heritage of compassion and justice. We acknowledge that of God in everyone and nurture the unique personal worth and potential good inherent in each individual.
The associate teacher provides support in and out of the classroom to the lead teacher in their duties as a teacher and advisor. An associate faculty member carries forward the mission of the school and the vision of the academic program while working on campus, through direct contact with and instruction of students in coordination with the lead teacher. This coordination may include planning, instruction, assessment, classroom management, student support, communication with parents, advisory, and other duties as assigned by their division director. Associate teachers are expected to be positive role models for students at all times. Often, they are also called upon to help students navigate social or other situations, in addition to providing academic support.
Support the lead teacher in creating a positive learning environment
Assist in the planning of the weekly curriculum
Assist in the preparation of classroom materials
Assist in maintaining a classroom environment that supports the learning of students who have a wide range of learning challenges
Teach classes and/or lead group activities and lessons when needed
Help in the assessment of schoolwork and homework
Maintain ongoing communication with the lead teacher on classroom difficulties and individual students
Model patience, flexibility, kindness, responsibility, a sense of humor, and a respect for others
Participate in formal communication with parents, such as parent conferences and report writing
Attend staff meetings and required events as referenced in the Faculty & Staff Handbook
Engage in ongoing professional development relevant to the position
Assist lead teacher as an academic advisor, following the procedures and expectations for advisory
Establish and maintain knowledge and understanding of the students’ specific learning disabilities, strengths, and needs
Be available to provide extra help for students as often as possible
Assist lead teacher in creating and routinely maintaining class resources and homework assignments through the school’s learning management systems
Work collaboratively with other members of the faculty and administration
Use the Student Support Team as a resource for supporting students; follow and implement recommendations made by Student Support Team members
Fulfill arrival, dismissal, or lunch duties as assigned by division directors
Adhere to teaching practices as determined by the academic administration
Attend all required meetings
When needed, be fully prepared and present for all student and/or parent conferences
Assist in substitute coverage
With lead teacher, maintain an accurate and up-to-date accounting for all grades and course attendance records for students in one’s classes
Continually seek to grow through professional development and other opportunities
Be familiar with fire and emergency procedures as outlined in the Crisis Management section of the Faculty & Staff Handbook; perform assigned duties
Attend required events outlined in the Faculty & Staff Handbook; strive to attend plays, athletic and other events outside of regular school hours
Participate in the faculty evaluation and growth processes as directed by the Associate Head/Academic Dean and Division Directors
Other duties as assigned by the Head of School and/or the Division Director
Support the School and its mission, maintaining a high degree of professionalism at all times
Bachelor’s degree required; a desire to pursue a career in education, and a strong preference for individuals in credentialing and/or advanced degree programs in education.
Knowledge of students with learning disabilities and ADHD is preferred.
Experience teaching mathematics is welcomed.
Familiarity with and appreciation for Quaker principles.
Applicants should supply the following materials:
Please send letters of intent and resumes to Associate Teacher Search, c/o Judy Sheridan, Assistant to the Head, email@example.com. No phone calls or other emails, please. Applicant review will commence immediately, and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. DVFS offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.
About Delaware Valley Friends School
Delaware Valley Friends School is a national leader educating bright students (grades 1-12) with reading, writing, and other learning differences. Students receive a comprehensive, research-based, college preparatory curriculum, individualized instruction, cutting-edge assistive technologies, and successful college placement, with an emphasis on metacognition and self-advocacy within a community based on Quaker values. DVFriends is the first school program in the region accredited by both the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the International Multi-sensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) - the leaders in multi-sensory structured language instruction. Established in 1986, the school attracts students from across the region. Located on the Philadelphia Main Line, in Paoli, Pennsylvania, the school is 45 minutes by train from Center City.
Delaware Valley Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, age, disability or marital status in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other sc...hool-administered programs, or in hiring, use of volunteers or board membership. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.